October 05, 2010
Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll

Album Review

Much grander than the single-disc Power to the People but not nearly as lavish as the 11-disc Signature Box, the four-disc Gimme Some Truth is the middle ground of Apple/EMI’s 2010 John Lennon reissue series: a collection of four thematic collections offered at a reasonable price. Breaking any artist’s work into themes is tricky, but the topics here are broad enough to give the compilers some wiggle room: Working Class Hero contains Lennon’s protest songs, Woman his songs of love and women (“Mother” and “My Mummy’s Dead” don’t quite qualify as romantic tunes, after all), Borrowed Time features songs about “life,” and his rock & roll numbers are presented on a disc called Roots, oddly sharing its title with the controversial original unofficial release of Rock 'n' Roll (indeed, this Roots disc winds up containing the entirety of Rock 'n' Roll). Some of the selected songs may not quite fit the themes but the 72 cuts here contain much of Lennon’s solo best, making this a good thorough overview for those who need more than the hits but don’t want to invest in full albums. It’s at a very nice price point, too.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Working Class Hero
  2. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
  3. Power to the People
  4. God
  5. I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
  6. Gimme Some Truth
  7. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  8. Steel and Glass
  9. Meat City
  10. I Don't Wanna Face It
  11. Remember
  12. Woman Is the Nigger of the World
  13. I Found Out
  14. Isolation
  15. Imagine
  16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  17. Give Peace a Chance
  18. Only People
  19. Mother
  20. Hold On
  21. You Are Here
  22. Well Well Well
  23. Oh My Love
  24. Oh Yoko!
  25. Grow Old with Me
  26. Love
  27. Jealous Guy
  28. Woman
  29. Out the Blue [Live]
  30. Bless You
  31. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out)
  32. My Mummy's Dead
  33. I'm Losing You
  34. (Just Like) Starting Over [Live]
  35. No. 9 Dream
  36. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
  37. Mind Games
  38. Nobody Told Me
  39. Cleanup Time
  40. Crippled Inside
  41. How Do You Sleep?
  42. How?
  43. Intuition
  44. I'm Stepping Out
  45. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
  46. Old Dirt Road
  47. Scared
  48. What You Got
  49. Cold Turkey
  50. New York City
  51. Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)
  52. Borrowed Time
  53. Look at Me
  54. Watching the Wheels
  55. Be-Bop-A-Lula
  56. You Can't Catch Me
  57. Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
  58. Tight AS
  59. Ain't That a Shame
  60. Sweet Little Sixteen
  61. Do You Wanna Dance
  62. Slippin' and Slidin'
  63. Peggy Sue
  64. Medley: Bring It on Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin'
  65. Yer Blues [Live]
  66. Just Because
  67. Bony Moronie
  68. Beef Jerky
  69. Ya Ya
  70. Hound Dog [Live]
  71. Stand by Me
  72. Here We Go Again